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07 Oct

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6 Reasons Why Los Cabos is Your Dream Winter Escape

October 7, 2015 | By |

With the temperatures dropping, this can only mean one thing: it’s time to pick your winter vacation destination. If you haven’t discovered Los Cabos already, or if you need a quick refresher of just how wonderful it is, read on. Here are 6 reasons why Los Cabos is your dream winter escape.

1) Los Cabos is endless summer.

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Want to know what an average 350 days of sunshine each year feels like? Experience it first-hand by spending a day, or several, at a Los Cabos beach. To kick your vacation into high gear, visit Medano Beach – a lively hotspot with plenty of beachfront bars, restaurants, watersports and local vendors. For a more quiet and secluded setting, pack a picnic lunch and head to Chileno Beach. It’s a 15-minute taxi drive from downtown, a popular hangout among locals, and a fantastic place for snorkeling.

2) Los Cabos is pageant-winning beautiful.

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We’ve always had a soft spot for natural beauties and let us tell you, Los Cabos is definitely a stunner. Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, where the desert meets the sea, the views are nothing short of spectacular. Besides gorgeous landscapes and aquamarine water, there’s the iconic El Arco at Land’s End. This giant arch rock formation is a sightseeing must in Cabo! Get there by water taxi, glass-bottom boat, or take a sunset cruise. Pro tip: bask in the sun at neighbouring Playa del Amor (Lover's Beach) like the nearby sea lions.

3) Los Cabos is hobby heaven.

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From golf to sport fishing, to adrenaline-pumping water activities, there’s always something to do in Los Cabos. For veteran golfers or even beginners, there’s the challenge of championship courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, and Greg Norman. For avid anglers, there’s an abundance of black, blue, and striped marlin in the Sea of Cortez (nicknamed Marlin Alley); join an experienced crew and you’ll likely encounter dorado, snapper, tuna, whales, dolphins and more.

4) Los Cabos is art treasure galore.

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If you have an appreciation for art and craftsmanship, prepare to find truly unique pieces in Los Cabos. Visit a glass blowing factory and you’ll have a front row seat to watch the artisans work. From margarita glasses to hummingbird figurines, you probably won’t leave empty-handed. For a memorable evening, we recommend checking out the Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo. Happening every Thursday night from November to June, it’s a great way to meet local artists. Start in the music-filled main square and then stroll along the cobblestone side streets. There, you’ll find charming art galleries open late – and some even offer wine!

5) Los Cabos is family-friendly.

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Travelling with kids? Los Cabos is your no-stress holiday destination. The trick is to stay at a resort that caters specifically to families, such as the Royal Solaris Los Cabos or the Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos. Both resorts offer supervised kids programs and as an extra perk, both belong to our PLAY collection of hotels. This means kids stay, play and eat for free, and everyone gets an exclusive flight experience; pre-boarding privileges, free seat selection and a $10 in-flight meal voucher.

6) Los Cabos is downright romantic.

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Planning a special getaway for two? Los Cabos is the perfect backdrop. Not to mention it has a selection of spa resorts, where you can relax with a couple’s massage before dining by candlelight. Our top picks are the Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa and the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos; both resorts underwent extensive renovations and are newly re-opened. If you really want to heat things up, opt for the adults-only Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort. Bonus: All 3 resorts come with our Price Drop Guarantee – meaning you can get up to $800 cash back per couple if the price of your vacation package drops.

Want to know more about Los Cabos? Read more about Los Cabos and make your dream beach vacation a reality.

 

05 Aug

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11 Stunning Infinity Pools in Mexico

August 5, 2015 | By |

The infinity pool: a swimming pool designed so that water flows over the edge, typically producing the illusion that it merges into the ocean or sky. Infinity pools are not only visually stunning, but an awesome recourse for cooling off on your sunny vacation. Here are 11 of the most stunning infinity pools in Mexico that beckon a swim.

1) Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Cancun (Cancun)

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2) Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta)

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3) Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya (Riviera Maya)

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4) Barcelo Ixtapa Beach  (Ixtapa)

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5) IBEROSTAR Playa Mita (Riviera Nayarit)

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6) Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (Los Cabos)

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7) Crown Paradise Club Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Resort (Puerto Vallarta)

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8) Grand Velas Riviera Maya (Riviera Maya)

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9) Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit)

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10) Le Reve Hotel & Spa (Riviera Maya)

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11) Hyatt Zilara Cancun (Cancun)

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Got the urge to take a dip in one of these infinity pools? For more information on these hotels, check out our full listing of resorts in Mexico.

 

27 May

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Brighter Mexico

May 27, 2014 | By |

A vacation in Mexico is all about beautiful beaches, fascinating culture and amazing traditional cuisine, like mole sauce, lime soup and, of course, tacos.

On the east coast, upbeat Cancun, laid back Playa del Carmen and the fascinating heritage of the Mayan Riviera. On the west side, Puerto Vallarta is all about beautiful sunsets, great food and fun on Banderas Bay. Los Cabos has a unique beauty ideal for snorkelling the amazing Sea of Cortes, the site Jacques Cousteau called “the aquarium of the world.”

Air Canada Vacations flies to all these great places in just a few hours and with your choice of fantastic all-inclusive resorts from Hyatt, Royal and Real resorts, we know you'll love Mexico as much as we do.

27 May

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What to do in Mexico

May 27, 2014 | By |

Mexico is a huge country with many vacation destinations, and lots of things to do and see whether you're in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta.

While in Cancun visit Chichen Itza

Voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is one of the most studied and visited ruins of the Mayan world.

A must while in Riviera Maya

An eco-archeological park, Xcaret is a full day of underground rivers, butterflies, snorkelling, and the unique “Xcaret Mexico Espectacular.”

Want to get a view of Los Cabos

Sail to the area's most famous landmarks, El Arco, Lover's Beach, the sea lion colony and the magnificent National Marine Cabo Bay Park on a private sailing tour.

Sun, sea and sail in Puerto Vallarta

Sail onboard our authentic pirate ship to a beautiful beach on the south side of the bay. Enjoy a thrilling pirate show en route.

27 May

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Mejia’s table

May 27, 2014 | By |

Executive Chef, José Maria Mejia explains how he's bringing a new farm-to-table philosophy to the fine dining experience at Hyatt Zilara Cancun.

Farm-to-table sounds great, but how does it actually work?

We work with local farmers to provide our guests with menus featuring the freshest, seasonal ingredients from the surrounding area.

How will guests know they are eating fresh, local products?

Our chefs and service staff visit the local fishermen, farms and providers regularly and return to the resort to share their experiences with our guests. You'll also enjoy improved texture and flavour since everything is so fresh.

What's the most important lesson you've learned setting up this program?

By focusing on the simple kitchen basics, we can use natural products to restore and fuel the body.

What's the greatest advantage to the guests of sourcing locally?

Guests say they travel to explore and experience things they cannot do at home. By emphasizing the sounds, smells and tastes from the region, you can discover the local culture inside the resort.

Of all the restaurants you oversee, do you have a favourite?

Maria Marie, a Mexican fusion experience at Hyatt Zilara Cancun.

What about a favourite dish?

Cochinita pibil. It's a prehispanic Mayan dish of marinated pork in sour orange, annatto seeds and cooked in an underground charcoal pit.

You've been cooking since you were 16, what's the one thing you're most proud of?

The greatest pride that I have is that I make my living cooking and feeding people – it's not my job, but more a passion.

12 May

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Where to stay in Mexico

May 12, 2014 | By |

Caribbean or Pacific, find your perfect vacation in Mexico with these all-inclusive resorts

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

On one of the most majestic peninsulas in the world, this resort is a luxurious all-inclusive oasis of sophistication and comfort, overlooking the Sea of Cortes. Indulge in swim up suites, top shelf drinks, and whale watching from your ocean view terrace.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

In this secluded all-inclusive paradise, enjoy the beauty of local culture and authentic culinary delights as well as perfect venues for weddings and celebrations.

Opening in Nov. 2014

Gran Porto Real Resort & Spa, Playa del Carmen

This picturesque resort is on a beautiful, protected stretch of beach right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, steps from 5th Avenue's shops, clubs and restaurants. Perfect for families and adults alike, this resort features a teens club and kids club for your littlest vacationers.

The Royal Playa del Carmen

Discover luxury around every corner, in an atmosphere of casual elegance on a perfect beach, close to Playa del Carmen's famed 5th Avenue. This all-suite, adults-only resort boasts gourmet à la carte dinning, and royal services sure to impress.

Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Hyatt Zilara Cancun is an adults-only, all-suite, all-inclusive resort where you can experience traditional Mexican warmth in an intimate yet casual setting.

Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa, Cancun

Better than ever and stretching along a quarter mile of white sandy beach, this is an awe-inspiring family-friendly resort, where style and service come together in grand fashion.

07 Apr

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What to Do on Mexico’s West Coast

April 7, 2014 | By |

While the country’s Caribbean coast collects the bulk of travellers year-round, Mexico’s western Pacific Coast shines with hidden gems and idyllic, beachfront towns worth discovering. Here’s our round-up of what to see and do on the west coast.

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Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching

Los Cabos is known as the “Marlin Capital of the World,” and deservedly so, as more marlin are caught here than any other place on Earth. Experience the thrill of battling these incredible creatures!

From December to April, look out for (much) larger fish stirring these waters, as that’s when humpback whales and gray whales make their way down to warmer waters. Whale-watching tours take you as close as possible to these spectacular species.

Todos Santos

Designated by the Mexican government as a pueblo mágico for its “magical” heritage and culture, Todos Santos is a former sugar cane milling town turned charming art mecca. Wander through colourful streets, break for a delicious lunch, and pop in to artisan shops.

Seaside Sights

Jump on-board a water taxi to El Arco—the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, a limestone rock formation that straddles the point where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. Book an excursion to Isla Espíritu Santo to swim with wild sea lions, or head to the national marine park of Cabo Pulmo for the best diving and snorkelling.

Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo

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Las Gatas Beach

Spend a perfect day on a beautiful, secluded white-sand beach, accessible only by boat. Snorkel or swim in clear waters, or just soak up the rays. Lined with restaurants, it also serves up delicious seafood on-shore!

Surf’s Up

Whether you’re surfing your first wave or seeking out the big wave, you’ll be amped to discover the sublime surf spots. Try Zihuatanejo’s La Madera beach, and Ixtapa’s Las Escolleras or Linda beaches.

Turtle Power

Participate in the preservation of turtles, including Black Sea, Olive Ridley, and Leatherback sea turtles. Depending on the time of year, you can either witness sea turtles nesting and laying the eggs, or help with the release of hatchlings back to the sea.

Puerto Vallarta / Riviera Nayarit

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Discover Yelapa

Sail to Yelapa, a charming fishing village overlooking the Bahía de Banderas. Snorkel in secluded coves, see the work of rosewood artisans, hike to a waterfall, or relax on the beach.

See ya in Sayulita

Just north of Puerto Vallarta, this boho beach town has beckoned surfers to its shores for decades. Make it to the nearby uninhabited Marieta Islands and check out the art galleries for the vibrant art of the indigenous Huichol people.

Rhythm of the Night

Watch the sunset from the malecón (boardwalk) and delve into Puerto Vallarta’s legendary nightlife. From hip beach bars to LGBT-friendly spots, microbreweries and jazz clubs, this city keeps you up till sunrise.

Huatulco

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Culture & Traditions

Learn about Huatulco’s artistic and culinary traditions! The region is located in the state of Oaxaca, known for its delicious cuisine and unique culture. Sample its moles, complex sauces made with countless ingredients, and its smoky, agave-based liqueur—mezcal.

Hey bay-by

Bounce from bay to bay! Huatulco includes nine beautiful bays, from the cruise port of Santa Cruz Bay to the luxury resort-lined Tangolunda Bay. Snorkel at La Entrega, reach La India by boat only, bird-watch at Cacaluta or surf at Barra de la Cruz. To each their…bay!

Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

Two Huatulco day-trips take you into the wild. One option is a jaunt to Hagia Sofia, an ecological park completes with botanic garden, riverside trails, and a lovely waterfall inviting a refreshing dip. Alternately, go for a trek to the Sierra Madre mountain range, which, don’t worry, also has a waterfall.

What’s Next

Won over by the west coast? We don’t blame you! Decide which destination fits what you’re looking for and explore our packages for the perfect price. Hot travel tip: check out our last-minute deals on packages to Mexico’s Pacific coast, including all-inclusive resorts or hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Los Cabos and Huatulco.